I was a guest columnist for the Wholenote, selecting a few worthwhile operatic dos coming up in March. Give it a read here or if you’re a local, pick up a free issue at your concert venue, cafe or library.
Meanwhile, New Creations Festival (2016 programmer Brett Dean) has started and the second of three concerts is tonight. The tickets are insanely cheap (the 3-concert pass is about $30). A standout in the first concert in the series was for me Anthony Pateras’ Fragile Absolute for winds, percussion, electronics & celeste–the recording of which, lucky for us, the streaming-friendly composer posted here. Another special moment was György Kurtág’s ppp The Answered Unanswered Question, played by four players tucked away off stage, to the RTH with dimmed lights. Nobody coughed. I’ve never seen Toronto audience this focused. The crucial component of this piece is precisely this: the audience (a crowd of strangers) being absolutely quiet together for a few minutes in half-dark.